Cumbrian couple celebrate lifetime of love for their platinum wedding anniversary


It's a love story that’s lasted generations – and now a remarkable couple with a combined age of nearly 200 are celebrating their latest milestone.

Bob and Dorothy Lowson, who are both in their nineties, have reached their platinum wedding anniversary – 70 years as man-and-wife.

The secret? They’re not sure.

Former Longtown school teacher Bob, 96, said: “You can see by how long the marriage has lasted that it wasn’t too bad.”

His wife, 97, said: “It has its ups and downs but it has more pleasant times than bad times.

“When you do have bad times it brings you together more because you sympathise with one another.”

They met at Adcroft School of Building, a boarding school for boys in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, where some of the pupils had been evacuated from London during the war.

Dorothy was assistant matron and Bob was a teacher at the school.

Their paths crossed at the swimming pool.

“We met in the swimming pool and we met everyday for the rest of our lives,” said Dorothy.

“He took his boys to the swimming pool and I love swimming. I still love swimming. I would go now if I could.

“He said I looked like a drowned rat because my hair was long, wet and straight.”

Soon after they met, the couple married on March 15, 1947, in Trowbridge.

With a child on the way they moved to a bigger house in the nearby village of Chapmanslade.

They lived happily in Wiltshire for 20 years before Bob got a teaching job at Lochinvar School in Longtown.

Their daughter Bryony, who is their only child, was 12 when they moved to Cumbria in the late 1960s.

They have lived at the same quaint cottage in Easton ever since.

Dorothy was employed by the Church of England to look after unmarried mothers and their children.

She also catered for clergymen at meetings. She was employed as a chef at Shankhill and Stapleton schools, before retiring, aged 60.

Bob retired about 30 years ago.

The couple think part of their long-lasting commitment is down to enjoying an active life by each other’s side.

“Doing everything together,” said Dorothy.

“We used to do a lot together.

“We were very keen on cycling and we did a lot of canoeing on the river and things of that sort,” said Bob.

“We were well matched for what we were doing.

“Our daughter went with her aunty while we went off,” added Dorothy.

They also did archery together and became instructors at Longtown.

Dorothy is an avid card player, who has played whist since she was a girl, and she is one of the longest-standing members of the club who play at Easton Hall.

Meanwhile, she enjoys watching the red squirrels, birds and other wildlife from her home.

Before they met they both played their part in the war effort, though their paths never crossed. He was with the RAF, 80 wing, and she was a cook for five years at Exeter.

She remembers serving 10,000 Canadian soldiers before they were sent off to France.

“We were frying 84 dozen eggs – that’s about a thousand if you add it up – every morning for 10 days,” said Dorothy.

“Each morning there was six of us girls frying 84 dozen eggs and bits of fried bread and off they went to France.”

The couple celebrated with a small party at home with family and friends.

It included a surprise visit from Bob’s sister, who had come from across the Pennines to mark their milestone. The Reverend Philip Greenhalgh, of Stapleton Church, gave them a blessing.

They also received a card from the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, who are due to celebrate their own platinum anniversary on November 20

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